Ear of the Beholder

Does the received or ‘posh’ English accent sound that way because of its association with posh people or is it something intrinsic in the accent that makes it sound so…’posh’?

In other words, does it seem posh to our ears because:

1) We’ve learned to associate it with people who are posh.

or

2) That something intrinsic in the accent makes it sound posh to any ear, even if that person has never associated the accent with any particular type of person through experience.

Either answer would have deep and broad implications.

A. Darius Kamali

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